3D Printing fits into your Learning Initiatives

3D printing is a perfect fit in your STEM / STEAM program  or home school group. How can 3D printing contribute to a vibrant and progressive educational environment? How can you, as an educator or as a parent, use 3D printing tools in your curriculum and lesson plans? The following examples can illustrate:

  • Geography Students can print out topographical maps, statistical analysis maps, or population density maps.
  • Industrial Design students can print out models and test designs for form fits.
  • History Students can print out artifacts for hands on examination.
  • Engineering Students can use 3D printing in robotics projects.
  • Architecture Students can 3D print model parts of complete architecture models.
  • Biology Students can use 3D printing to study cross-sections of organs or microscopic organisms.
  • Chemistry Students can print out large scale molecules and proteins.
  • Physics students can study gravity and optics with the help of 3D printing.
  • Graphic Design students can use 3D printing to study sculpture or make their own designs.
  • Math Students can use 3D printing to produce the results of complex equations to see them in the physical world.

 

3D printing is a tool for all ages

3D printing allows students of all ages to explore real world problems. It enables a hands on design process that wasn't available with any prior set of tools. Experimentation and failure become critical lessons when using 3D printing in age appropriate projects and discipline specific courses.

3D printing provides an unparalleled potential in education especially when combined with a flexible classroom environment, appropriate unit planning, strategic engagement, and cross discipline approaches. PaliProto 3D Printing can aid you in incorporating 3D printing in your classroom. From charter schools, after-school demos, clubs, home-school co-ops, to standards based curriculum and weekly units we can provide resources, tools and consultation. Contact us for further information.

Blogs and Forums

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Helpful Links

Zortrax

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envsionTEC

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3D Systems

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Airwolf3D

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3Ders

3D printing basics

Instructables

Instructables about 3D printing

Wikipedia

Wikipedia entry all about 3D Printing

Makezine

Get started with 3D printing

 

Software and Downloads

SketchUp

3D drawing software

Tinkercad

Free online 3D modeling software

Spaceclaim

3D modeling software

Autodesk 123D Catch

Generate 3D files from photos (free)

Autodesk 123D Design

3D modeling software (free)

Autodesk 123D Sculpt+

iPad based 3D sculpting app (free)

3D Systems Sculpt

Powerful 3D sculpting software (paid)

Autodesk Meshmixer

3D editing and modeling

 

Educational Resources

Autodesk Education

Free student and educator resources from Autodesk

3D Systems

3D Systems education initiative

SketchUp EDU

SketchUp for education

Lynda.com Basics of 3D Printing  Basic 3D printing tutorials (paid subscription) 
GitHub Software, hacks, models.

 

Other Cool Things

Cubify

Models, files and downloads marketplace

e-Nable

Volunteer to print "helping hands" for those in need

Thingiverse

Models, files and downloads marketplace

Makerbot Digital Store

Models, files and downloads marketplace

Youmagine

Models, files and downloads marketplace

 

Books

Make 3D Printing: The Essential Guide to 3D Printing

3D Printing For Dummies

Mastering 3D Printing (Technology in Action)

Functional Design for 3D Printing 2nd edition: Designing 3D printed things for everyday use

The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success

Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School (Corwin Connected Educators Series)

Design for 3D Printing: Scanning, Creating, Editing, Remixing, and Making in Three Dimensions

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